Dorothy Counts-Scoggins

Gwendolyn Glenn

Sixty-two years ago, Dorothy Counts-Scoggins was ridiculed, spit on and heckled as she walked through the front doors of Harding High School on Irwin Avenue, the first African American to enroll there. Things became so bad for Counts-Scoggins, that her parents withdrew her about two weeks later out of fear for her safety. Today, Counts-Scoggins received a different welcome at Harding—now the Irwin Academic Center—a day in honor of her historic walk to break down racial barriers.